September 25th, 1829

Cloudy and rainy weather, but a good breeze, which makes some smiling faces, though it  is discouraging to be three days getting out of this  bay. However, now we have passed the Corregidor, we are in hopes we shall again have our luck. I have felt really homesick these three days past. How shall I support four years’ absence. It …

September 23, 1829

Got under way this morning about three o’clock, but, as it looked very squally after beating about all day, and as the men were all tired out, the captain thought best to come to an anchor in Mariveles Bay, a delightful little bay surrounded on three sides by very high land, so that we feel nothing of the hard weather …

Tuesday, September 22, 1829

Left Manila this morning, and I really felt as if I were leaving home again. I have got so much attached here that I felt really gloomy. Our friends left us about nine o’clock, and I certainly have not felt so dull this three months. No wind, and we were beating about in the Bay all day, and at anchor …

September 19th, 1829

A pleasant morning, but rain in the afternoon prevented us from riding. Thunder and lightning in the evening, and the bells all tolling, as is the custom here in such weather. No prospect of our leaving Manila before next Tuesday. Uncle is getting very impatient. 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 1829

Had a delightful ride to-day into the country, which reminded me of home; but it takes away half the pleasure of riding into the country to go through the suburbs, which are very extensive, and filled with babies and pigs, which are brought up in the same style. 0

Monday, September 14th, 1829

The first thing I heard this morning was the ringing of bells, and the military crossing the bridge as they returned from mass. About ten we rode out through the city to visit the churches. The cathedral was not open. We went first to San Domingo. It is a pretty church, but rather gaudy. There were several women there who had …

Sunday, September 13, 1829

With the Spaniards it is Saturday ; for in going round Cape Horn, when this island was discovered, they gained a day. There is not much appearance of the Sabbath here, as everybody is at work, and the noise is as great as usual. After dinner I had a most delightful ride on the Calzada. On our return we came …

Saturday, September 12, 1829

Had a charming ride this afternoon with Mr. R. Rode in Spanish style, without my bonnet None of the ladies wear bonnets. Manila abounds in pleasant drives, and on Sundays and feast-days they all ride back and forth on the Calzada till dark; but there are many pleasanter drives than this, I think. This afternoon we met a funeral. They bury their …

September 9, 1829

We awoke this morning early, and found the rain was pouring down in torrents. I had just made up my mind to spend a dull day, and to amuse myself by writing letters, when Mr. Johnson called out that Uncle was coming. We jumped with delight to think we were so soon relieved. We breakfasted, and about nine started for …